Epiphany: The Attributed Arms of the Magi

We see here the attributed coats of arms of the Three Magi, or Wise Men who are traditionally named Kaspar, Melchior and Balthazar. Of course, we don’t really know their names and they also existed before heraldry did. In fact, some Biblical scholars question whether or not they even existed at all or are merely symbolic. We also don’t know from the Scriptures that there were three of them, only that they brought three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. It is assumed, safely I think, that they each bore one gift so that there must have been three of them.

This version of their arms is nicely rendered by Marco Foppoli.

1 thought on “Epiphany: The Attributed Arms of the Magi

  1. manareleven

    Dear Fr Guy,

    I wish you a better 2022 and the happiest and safest of times. Keep up the good work.

    I have recently acquired (and am having conserved) a stained glass panel of the attributed arms of St Thomas à Becket – image (pre-conservation) below.

    You might be interested in using a (post-conservation) image of it for a post on the next anniversary of his murder, 29 December. I hope that it will look much better.

    Regards and best wishes,



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